WholeMade Community- Meet Annie @calidesignco
The WholeMade community has recently expanded past our Colorado horizons! Meet Annie, the genius creative spirit behind Cali's Designs. Annie creates "handmade energy healing jewelry" once out of sunny Fort Collins and now in sunny Florida! We have worked with Annie for a while now carrying her bracelets in our storefronts that we pair with our Infused Essential Oils and have seen first hand how incredible her products are, so we were so excited to get to chat with her about her incredible business.
What inspired you to start your business?
"I have always been a very "sensitive" person, even as a child. Never truly understood why I could pick up on energy. I would absorb people's emotions and their energy. I would take on what they were feeling. I can even feel energy when I would walk into a space. It wasn't until I lived in a rental home that my sensitivity was in overdrive. I started to feel and absorb the homes negative energy. It was affecting my quality of life and even my marriage. It got so bad, I asked an intuitive co-worker for advice on how to make the home's energy better. He said, "You need crystals." That was the beginning of my crystal and healing journey. From there my knowledge and use of crystals just grew. I was constantly buying crystals and healing jewelry for my personal use, and for my family.
About 3 yrs. ago, my dad was extremely ill. He was losing his will to live. While taking care of him in California, I used crystals to help him heal emotionally, physically and spiritually. To help me during his healing process, I started to make healing bracelets. I loved it and felt at peace while making the jewelry.
While deciding on a name for my business, I wanted to give tribute to my 11-year-old chocolate lab Cali, who we had recently lost. She always is with me and inspires me everyday. That's how Cali's Designs was born."
Do you think making your art form into a career has changed it for you?
"I think so. I started my business off slow. Just selling to friends and family. Then I started doing trade shows. I did 22 shows in a 6-month period. It was a great experience. I met a lot of amazing customers and it definitely grew my business. Unfortunately, all those shows burned me out. I wanted to make sure my original intention and that special energy wasn't lost. So I decided to scale back on trade shows. Only did a couple of shows and focused on custom designs. Now, I am in the process of reinventing my business again. I want to work with retailers to create designs for their businesses and also have my own website with unique designs.
With any business, I think it's important to know what is most important to you, your intention. For me, it's about the exchange of energy, enjoying what I do and helping others through the amazing healing qualities of crystals. Having the opportunity to add my design background to the mix is an added bonus and fuels my heart too. When you are passionate about anything, it is easier to make it into a career."
What is your favorite essential oil to wear on your bracelets?
"I have two favorites....Lavender and Sandalwood. You can never go wrong with lavender. It's good for relaxation, stress, anxiety and it smells amazing. Sandalwood is also very calming. It's good for pain and inflammation too. Those are my go to oils."
Try using our Sleep Aid Full Spectrum Hemp Infused Essential Dropper on one of Cali's bracelets. We love love love it.
What are your favorite crystals to create with?
"Ohhh, that is a hard question. I have so many. Every time I think I have favorites I get introduced to a new crystal. I work a lot with turquoise, howlite, lapis lazuli, sodalite, amethyst, citrine, aquamarine, amazonite, rhodochrosite, jade, labradorite, indian agate, black tourmaline, onyx, tigers eye, moonstone and clear quartz. Those are requested most often from my customers. I have also been working with pink morganite lately. It's so beautiful and powerful. However, my inventory is massive."
How do you stay inspired?
"First and foremost, my clients inspire me. When a client tells me the healing qualities they are looking for, my mind immediately starts designing. It's just like interior design. When a client tells you what they want in their home, what they want it to feel like, look like and represent, you do everything to give them what they want and need. I put that same type of energy and passion into my healing jewelry.
One thing is for sure, I never work on my healing jewelry unless my energy is positive and I'm feeling good. I always clear my energy and my studio's energy before I start working. I'm very protective of my studio's energy. I also bless all my jewelry before the customer receives it."
What’s new for Cali’s Designs?
"My husband and I are moving to Florida in April. I’m very excited! I have always been drawn to the beach and water. It definitely grounds me and gives me peace. I am looking forward to designing my new studio, which will have water views. I can’t wait to see what the near future holds. I know Florida will be very inspiring."
You can check Annie out on instagram @calisdesignco to grab one of her beautiful pieces and pair them with our essential oils!
- Elijah Cordova
WholeMade Community - Meet Rachel @indigorivertextiles
WholeMade is a company made up of extremely unique people, each having special skills, passions and ambitions. We have artists, actors, mothers, seamstresses, bakers, and many other diverse talents that make up the fabric of our small business. Today, we wanted to showcase our product development specialist and one of our soap makers, Rachel! This bubbly redhead always brings cheer to the workplace, and has more recently discovered a true love for fiber arts. She quickly started a side business called Indigo River Textiles, and when she's not busy here handcrafting a batch of beautiful bar soaps or working on a new product to launch, she's in her studio knotting away making incredible macrame pieces. Rachel was kind enough to show us where the macrame magic happens and to sit down with us to answer a few questions.
Tell us a little bit about fiber art. How did you get started into it, and what made you decide to turn it into a business?
"Fiber art can be manifested in a lot of different mediums, from knitting, sewing, weaving, punch needle, embroidery, and finally my favorite medium, Macrame! I have always loved working with my hands, so it was a no brainer, that someday I'd be doing something like this. I started seeing Macrame artists on Instagram about a year ago and fell in love! I bought my first spool of cotton cord November 2018 and have been hooked since! I immediately knew it was something I wanted to make a business out of, so I only did it as a hobby for about 2 months before I opened my Etsy shop! I opened my shop January 1 2019, so still super new!!"
(a little sneak peek at some soaps we are excited to launch soon!)
You also are the product development specialist and a soap maker for WholeMade. What is the best part about working with us?
"Working with my hands for sure! I love that I can come into work everyday and make something. The instant gratification of being a product developer is so fun. The excitement I feel post product, is very similar to the feeling fiber art gives me! I love that I get a tangible reward for my hard work! Whether that’s a finished wall hanging, a new style of bar soap, or a product line formulation."
Where do you take inspiration for your pieces from? They are all so dreamy and we seriously want every last one.
"Well firstly, so sweet! Thank you!! I get my inspiration from lots of places! I get a lot from soaps honestly! I love getting color inspiration from that! Then obviously I get inspiration from other fiber artist, the outdoors, and then sometimes I just start tying knots and see what happens!"
You said you use the WholeBody Therapeutic Muscle and Massage Gel religiously. How do you use it and why do you love it?
"I loveeeeee this product. It has the perfect amount of heating and cooling! I put it on my neck, back, and hands when I am getting sore from knotting after a long day!! I feel relief within minutes!"
What is your favorite WholeMade Essential Oil blend?
"My favorite blend is Focus. I'm a sucker for rosemary!"
What’s your favorite thing about Colorado?
"The Colorado vibe is my favorite. People here live their life differently than anywhere else. The environment here is so laid back and welcoming! We all love living here and exist for the outdoors, dogs, and beer!"
Do you have some advice for people looking to make their passion their business?
"DO IT. Make the leap because it could be the greatest thing to ever happen to you! I do not do my business full time, so I don’t have to stress about making ends meet. I suggest working on your business on the side of your full time job for a while! It will help keep you motivated in your job, it'll help you stay motivated in your business so you can hopefully do it full time one day. Side hustles are the greatest, because there is low risk and a super high reward! I have learned more about myself through this process than I ever expected!!"
If you want to keep up with Rachel be sure to follow her on instagram @indigorivertextiles and favorite her Etsy shop! We love exploring and learning more about what makes our community so special, if you or someone you know should be considered for the WholeMade Community email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Elijah Cordova
WholeMade Community- Meet Molly @silly_soul_healing
We firmly believe at WholeMade in remembering our roots and connecting within the community around us to make the world a better place. Colorado, and all it has to offer is so intertwined with who we are as a company, it'd almost be impossible to separate us from it. What can we say? We're in love! That's why we're seeking to feature individuals we find along the way that make the place we call home even brighter than the 300 days of sunshine we get a year!
Recently, we met Molly! A lovely individual that uses holistic living, movement, massage therapy, and yoga to help enhance her lifestyle. Molly is a certified Yoga Teacher who teaches Gentle Flow Restorative Meditation with the Foco Yoga Co-op in the beautiful Solarium International Hostel located in Fort Collins, Colorado. As well, she leads an Ecstatic Dance class in town which focuses on movement therapy. After taking her incredibly nurturing class, we asked her to share some of her healthful living secrets.
"So Molly, what does holistic living truly mean to you?"
"For me, holistic living means wellness in all aspects of life. Creating a balanced lifestyle with mind, body, and spirit. It is being aware of the interconnectedness of everything."
"What inspired you to start yoga? You're obviously very passionate about your practice!"
"My yoga inspiration came from high school and my parents. In my aerobics class we were shown yoga and I was immediately curious. For Christmas, my parents gifted me unlimited yoga at a studio in our neighborhood. I felt a new type of energy from doing yoga I had never experienced. Yin yoga especially drew me in, and I fell in love with the practice and still to this day look up to my instructor. She encouraged me to do yoga teacher training and after a few years of practicing yoga regularly, I decided to go! Yoga has been a life altering practice and the poses are just a small part of it!"
"What makes you happy?"
"Community is probably the biggest contribution to my happiness. I have an amazing life filled with adventures and holistic living. But it just wouldn’t be as fulfilling without my incredible friends and all the new ones I’m crossing paths with. My happiest is when I’m at the ocean, especially a tropical place. Add my friends in that mix and I’m in heaven."
Speaking of tropical, we couldn't stop drooling over the luscious oasis the Solarium has created in their space. It feels like you're in a gorgeous, exotic jungle only moments away from the beach rather than the mountains.
"What’s your favorite thing about Fort Collins and Colorado as a whole?"
"My favorite thing about Fort Collins is I keep discovering more amazing people and places. I love Colorado because of the community and the fantastic music scene. Arise Music Festival is pretty much is in our back yard and that has completely changed my life."
--We agree, last year WholeMade was a sponsor of Arise Music Festival and it was a full weekend of life changing experiences, workshops, and incredible music by artists from near and far!
"Why is movement so important to you in your life?"
"Movement is so important to me because I believe it’s the best medicine. There’s an abundance of movement therapy and no rules to how you move your body! I lead as well as attend ecstatic dances and that’s where I feel most free and wanting to express what going on internally. Movement breaks up stagnation and gets me out of the monkey mind and into the body and spirit."
"Any tips for someone to gently introduce yoga and movement into their daily routine?"
"I would encourage someone that’s starting to practice yoga and movement daily to be gentle with themselves. The practice comes and goes and is always here for you. It’s okay to fall out or get distracted. That’s what yoga is about, meeting it where you are and getting away from the ego. To establish new healthy habits, it takes time and dedication. Love the journey that ebbs and flows!"
"I know you enjoy using essential oils in your practice, what benefits have you found from this? What inspired this?"
"My favorite yoga instructor introduced me to using essential oils in savasana and I began to look forward to that in class. Now all my classes end with me offering neck massages with different oils in savasana. I pick different oils depending on the season, time of day, and the type of class. My students totally love receiving this just as much as I love giving them that gift!"
Pictured below is Molly using our Infused Essentials Roll-On Remedy in Elevate, a bright citrus blend of orange, lemon, lime and bergamot essential oils that will lift your spirits. Click the image to get yours!
If you want to keep up with Molly follow her on instagram @silly_soul_healing and @ecstaticrelease and be sure to follow The Solarium International Hostel on instagram @solariumhostel as well. If you or someone else would like to be considered for a feature with the WholeMade Community email email@example.com
- Elijah Cordova
Essential Oils- Scents to Get You Through the Day
We all feel it, that Monday morning alarm goes off and you immediately contemplate if you REALLY need your job, and risk hitting your snooze button for the millionth time. Mornings can be hard, but they surely don’t have to be. Especially because having a good morning allows you to be in a bright mindset to have a good rest of your day into your evening. Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up ready to be the best, most productive version of yourself and end your day ready to drift off into a deep, replenishing sleep? Have you considered using essential oils as aroma therapy to help give you some of the energy and clarity you need? Let’s guide you through a few blends that will make all the difference between drinking the 4th cup of coffee or feeling present in a natural way.
When morning comes, refresh your mind and body!
Rise and shine beautiful, the birds are singing the sun is up and it’s time to get moving and shaking. If you’re a morning shower person, which is personally a favorite way of ours to start our day, then pop a WholeMade Eucalyptus Shower Bomb in to gently wake your senses up, clear your sinuses and get you takings some deep nourishing belly breaths. Then before we even take our first sip of our morning latte, we whip out our Focus Infused Essentials Roll-On Remedy blend. This particular bright blend is composed of rosemary, lime and grapefruit oil that will help to further invigorate your mind and provide some mental clarity. All the while the full spectrum hemp that is infused in it helps to create a sense of calm you can draw from throughout the day. We like utilizing Focus in our Roll-On Remedy because let’s face it, who has the time or energy in the morning to mess with diluting essential oils? This way we have done all that hard work for you by diluting them in a safe ratio inside of some seriously wonderful carrier oils. Just roll a little on your pulse points and you’re set! If you’re into layering scent like we are, maybe go for using our Focus Hemp Face and Body Cream as your moisturizer or our Focus Hemp Infused Natural Deodorant!
When the evening comes, take the time to wind down!
Good job sunshine, you made it all the way through your day! It’s finally time to rest your body and your mind. We really enjoy creating a personal ritual to help us obtain the deepest, most restful sleep possible. We personal love winding down with a hot hemp infused bath while meditating on what happened in our day. Drop our Sleep Aid blend 35mg Hemp Infused Bath Bomb into the water, and again layer the scent by sprinkling in some of the Sleep Aid + Hemp Extract Bath Salt. The Sleep Aid blend is made up of lavender, chamomile, and lemon essential oils that will help to put your mind to ease and help you drift into deep relaxation. This is combination with soaking in hot water infused with full spectrum hemp extract and salt will help to also physically relax your body and get you in the mood to fall asleep and STAY asleep!
- Elijah Cordova
Is a Bath Bomb like Soap?
Lets start with what is soap? All Soap is made by combining Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) and oils like Sunflower and shea. Soap works to remove dirt from your skin, and some soap can even give you that ‘squeaky clean’ and itchy feeling by drying out your skin. Some soap is even made with animal byproducts like Tallow, sodium tallowate or antibacterial ingredients like benzalkonium chloride.
Bath bombs are primarily made with Baking Soda and Citric Acid, and supporting ingredients based on the manufacturer. Generally their purpose is to fizz, color to the water, moisturize your skin and add scent to your bath time. Moisturizing bath bombs like what we hand craft at WHOLEMADE BATH CO., are designed to moisturize your skin and make bath time fun and relaxing.
- Elijah Cordova
How Bath Bombs are MadeHave you ever been curious about what goes into creating your favorite WHOLEMADE BATH CO. bath bomb? For many of our bath bombs our process is the same with the only thing changing per batch is the scent going into the mix. We start with a base of our dry ingredients, baking soda, citric acid, corn starch and sugar. If we are making a fun colored Mega Bath Bomb, then we will add our pigments and decorations into the mix. Then we pour our sunflower oil, cocoa butter, shea nut butter, scent and water into the batch and mix it up. Once our bath bomb “dough” is ready to be made into shape, we take it over to our pressing station where we handcraft each bomb in molds. After each beautiful, fragrant bath bomb has been pressed, and meets our quality standards, we will send it over to our wrapping area to be hand packaged just for you. If you’re wanting to try the handcrafted difference, stop by one of our storefronts or check them out here!
- Elijah Cordova